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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Promise Not to TellPromise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you, Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the ARC novel Promise Not to Tell: Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #2 by Jayne Ann Krentz.

Virginia Troy and Cabot Sutter survived leaving a dangerous cult when they were young children, but now they are thrown together and must reveal terrible secrets which have remained buried.

Is the infamous and homicidal cult leader alive? Who can be trusted? Will the nightmare ever be over?

Virginia and Troy suffer from the trauma which took their parents lives and almost burned them alive. Will they keep the dark secrets from their violent past?

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

When They Come for You (Harper McDaniel)When They Come for You by James W. Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How Much for That Chocolate in the Window?

"Truth is stranger than fiction," and sometimes the only way to tell harsh truths is via the vehicle of fiction.
Harper; powerful, world-traveled, photographer female protagonist embodies the top notch ideal of "hitting like a girl" and creating justice from the deepest scorn. Excellent read. I will not stop thinking of this story, nor Harper's ragtag, dangerous family. Chocolate is central to this novel. Africa, the Ivory Coast. What our cravings cost others. Corporate corruption.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Kind NepentheKind Nepenthe by Matthew V. Brockmeyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Many thanks to Matthew V. Brockmeyer for the ACR Kindle e-book of Kind Nepenthe.

Matthew V. Brockmeyer is a skilled writer who immediately brought to mind Dean Koontz first novels, John Saul, and Bill Schwiegart. I look forward to future works by M. Brockmeyer.

Marijuana has been in demand since the beginning of life. It was not until prohibition against the 'kind nepenthe' that growers and sellers were forced underground, out into the mountains, and hidden amongst the Red Giants of Northern California.

This novel is horrible, and mysterious, fantastic and filled with the supernatural.
The characters which Mathew V. Brockmeyer have created and penned in this page-turner are three-dimensional. The spirits who haunt this story are so realistic I felt a cold shiver when first reading about Spider.

This is no feel good story with a happy ending, but a brutal, horror story which takes place amid the lifestyle of those who have little choice but to pick their jobs from resin coated, crystalline buds and the often times dirty business which makes only a few millionaires.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Edge of Evil (Ali Reynolds, #1)Edge of Evil by J.A. Jance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first 'Ali Reynolds' book by J.A. Jance I have ever read. Over the years I followed her earlier series. While trying to find a mp3 book to listen to from our Library Overdrive collection I stumbled on this.

J.A. Jance does not ever let the reader down. Edge of Evil: Ali Reynolds #1 had me hooked from the first few minutes of listening to reader Kirsten Kairos lure me into the life of Ali Reynolds.

This was a wild ride, with characters who ring true. I will recommend this series in Readers Advisory situation.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Two NightsTwo Nights by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Many thanks to Penguin-Random House and NetGalley for the ARC Kindle e-book of Two Nights by Kathy Reichs.

A longtime voracious reader, I understand how hard it is for an author, especially a more-than-qualified female author to write something "different."

I went into this book without pre-conceived notions and yes it is different than the Temperance novels, but Sunday; this STRONG FEMALE who has been through trauma and hell spoke directly to my wounded spirit. Her choice of isolation also had a clarion call of kinship.

If you are wanting a book to be a different slant on Temperance Brennan to move along. If you are a woman who is a wounded warrior of whatever type of war you have faced, read "Two Nights."

I suspect protagonist "Sunday Night" will never be accused of behaving like a lady, and Kathy Reich muse brought this amazing character into being, and I for one will never question a muse.

More, please!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Devil's ColonyThe Devil's Colony by Bill Schweigart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Bill Schweigart for the opportunity to read the third cryptid, suspense, horror, magic and miracle based novel.

The Devil's Colony will stand alone, but I recommend going back to The Beast of Barcroft and "Northwoods" to get acquainted with the quirky, unique and talented characters.

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes; the worst it seems come disguised as a human-being.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Doesn't She Look Natural (Fairlawn, #1)Doesn't She Look Natural by Angela Elwell Hunt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A voracious reader, I make use of the free e-books offered from various sites, on a weekly basis. Following the Golden Rule, I do try to give at least a perfunctory review on, but this is a big winner, and this work deserves an honest review, and some publicity.

I got Doesn't She Look Natural by Angela Elwell Hunt on or about the 9th of September, and gulped it down in two readings.

It is hard to nail this down as a romance, mystery, suspense, or inspirational; it is some of all those things. A programmer in Y/A and Adult programming in our library, researching books for purchase for our collections, is part of that job. There is a tendency for adult readers, to drift to Y/A, and I think that is because even grown-ups like to leave something to the imagination, without being shocked every few pages.

"Doesn't She Look Natural," is a unique read, from a perspective that is "inspirational" in that the spiritual practice of Christianity, shows in decisions, lifestyle, and preconceived notions by the characters. It does not overwhelm the plot, or force itself to be a message bearer, as much as Angela E. Hunt, shows that family, community, and traditions are important for a peaceful society.

I love the strong female protagonists, the plot, and am sympathetic to their trials, tribulations and lessons being learned. This is a book (series), that I will be able to recommend to many patrons, because the content is well written, and clean. Family friendly.

I will recommend [ book: Doesn't She Look Natural ]for purchase in our library, and feel comfortable recommending this book widely.

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